Re: [R] importing text file with duplicate rows / indexing rows and columns

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From: Prof Brian Ripley (ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk)
Date: Sun 16 May 2004 - 16:24:13 EST


Message-id: <Pine.LNX.4.44.0405160721140.32514-100000@gannet.stats>

The issue is not `duplicate rows' but duplicated row names. You asked R
explicitly to make a column into row names -- if they are not suitable row
names, don't do that. You can remove duplicated rows later (see ?unique)
but you cannot have duplicated row names in a data frame so leave them as
numbers.

On Sat, 15 May 2004 grr@grell.mailshell.com wrote:

> Could somebody advise me about importing a txt file as a frame? I am using the command:
>
> test <- read.delim ("~/docs/perl/expr_ctx.txt2", header=T, sep = "\t", row.names = 1)
>
> This gives me an error because there are duplicate rows.
>
> In the txt file, the columns are unique subjects and the rows are
> variables, so I had planned to transform the file after importing. The
> first row and column are text labels, which I could either leave in
> (with duplicate rows) or ask R to remove for me, saving another file
> with index values. But I can't figure out how to do either of these
> things.

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